The Book & Media Studies Program is overseen by an interdisciplinary Program Committee
Head of Cataloguing, John M. Kelly Library
Michael Bramah has been a professional librarian since 1987, and has worked in the Kelly Library since 2001. His previous cataloguing experience was gained in Halifax NS and Alexandria VA, where he worked in academic and governmental libraries. His areas of specialization include theology, English literature, and adult literacy.
Department of Italian Studies
Francesco Guardiani teaches Italian at the University of Toronto. He is the editor of Quaderni ditalianistica (the official journal of the Canadian Society of Italian Studies) and, with Eric McLuhan, co-editor of McLuhan Studies (www.coolmedia.ca). He has produced a number of books and articles dealing with various aspects and periods of Italian literature, with a preference for Baroque poetry. Among his publications, the following books: La meravigliosa retorica dell'"Adone"di G.B. Marino, Firenze: Olschki, 1989; Ed. Lectura Marini, a critical reading of L'Adone. Ottawa: Dovehouse, 1989; Ed. The Sense of Marino: Literature Fine Arts and Music of the Italian Baroque. Ottawa-New York-Toronto: Legas, 1994; Ed. Going for Baroque: Cultural Transformations 1550-1650. Ottawa-New York-Toronto: Legas, 1999.
Head Librarian, R. Davies Library, Massey College
Marie Korey is Librarian of the Robertson Davies Library at Massey College and a member of the Graduate Department of English, serving on the Bibliography Committee of that Department. At Massey College, she is responsible for the Library's special collections in the history of the book and the Massey College Press, a printing shop with five nineteenth-century iron-hand presses and related equipment. She gives printing lectures/demonstrations at the Massey College Press for the Graduate Department of English's 'Bibliography I' course and other courses upon request. Her research has focussed on various aspects of the history of printing, publishing, and collecting (both private and institutional collections). She recently served as co-editor of and a contributor to the exhibition, "Book History and Print Culture", at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.
Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Taras Koznarsky teaches Ukrainian language, Ukrainian and Russian literatures, and comparative/interdisciplinarycourses in Slavic cultures. His interests include literary institutions and cultural identity in nineteenth-century Central and Eastern Europe, the multicultural legacy of Kyiv, and the cultures of modernism and avant-garde in the late Russian Empire- early Soviet Union. His most recent scholarly work is his book "Empire, Identity, and Cultural Exchange: the Shaping of Ukrainian Literary Discourse, 1800-1840 (forthcoming, Harvard University).
St Michael's College
Mark McGowan is a specialist in the religious, social, migration, and educational history of Canada and is well known in the Canadian media for his analysis of Vatican affairs and the development of religion in Canada. In 1999 he published The Waning of the Green: Catholics, the Irish and Identity in Toronto, 1887-1922 (McGill-Queens) which won both the Brant Prize (OHS) and the Clio Award (CHA). Mark has just completed the first full-length biography of Michael Power (1804-1847), the first bishop of Toronto and a booklet for the Canadian Historical Association, Creating Canadian Historical Memory: The case of the Famine Migration of 1847. A recipient of two University teaching awards, Mark is deeply committed to undergraduate teaching and has helped found the Book and Media Studies Program at St Michael's and is piloting SMCs contribution to the new Concurrent Teacher Education Program.
Dept. of French Studies
Yannick Portebois is Associate Professor in the Department of French, and director of the Centre d'tudes du 19e sicle franais/Centre for 19th Century French Studies. Her main areas of interest are the book trade between England and France (1860-1914), the publication process of French novels in English translations (copyright, illustrations, translation, circulation), the house of Vizetelly and Co., the biographies of Henry, Ernest, Edward and Frank Vizetelly, and reference books written by corrector-typographers for use in printing houses (grammars, dictionaries, etc.). As well, she is very interested in the intellectual history of 19th Century French encyclopaedia.
Associate Professor of English and Director
Dan White's research focuses on points of convergence between literature, religion, and politics in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Author of Early Romanticism and Religious Dissent (Cambridge, 2006), he is now writing his second book, Romanticism and Religion in Early British India/ The recipient of two SSHRC Standard Research Grants and a Huntington Library Mellon Fellowship, he has published essays in journals such as Studies in Romanticism, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts and has lectured in Canada, the US, the UK, Italy, and India. His editorial work includes an edition of S.T. Coleridge and Robert Southeys play The Fall of Robespierre (co-edited with two UofT graduate students), and he is currently co-editing Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works 1811-1838, vol. 3, Poems from the Laureate Period and Inscriptions (1814-22) (forthcoming, Pickering & Chatto).